It's something every generation has to grapple with as our technological and scientific prowess continues to advance. Description: 5 book recommendations by English literature university student M Mahima 1. It introduces some core ideas about learning and academic study, and some planning tools to enable participants to take their next step with confidence. Some of the books I have studied and referenced in my final year of English Literature, that I have also talked about in my blog post on. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Kintu 2014 South Africa 12. This is a beautiful account of life in the East Anglian fens and the English equivalent of American Southern Gothic. Do you want to get more out of your reading of poetry? Michael Ondaatje 1943 , In the Skin of a Lion 1987 or The English Patient 1992 26.
The Awakening is a story about Edna Pontellier, a wealthy married nineteenth century woman. How you read matters more than what you read; if you never master that, you will never understand literature. Equally satisfying is the book's highly ambiguous nature, maintained all the way throughout, and James' brilliant use of what has come to be called the unreliable narrator in our best-written fiction to date. Mariama Bâ 1929-1981 , So Long a Letter 1979 Senegal, trans. Two years later, as I began planning for my dissertation, I was reminded of the boy with his mahogany bookcase. Rebecca West 1892-1983 , The Return of the Soldier 14. Middle English Drama: Morality and Mystery Cycle Plays Except as noted below, they appear in David Bevington, ed.
James 1901-1989 , Minty Alley 1936 29. The table below shows a sample of additional books an English major may be expected to read. Katherine Mansfield 1888-1923 , The Short Stories of Katherine Mansfield 1937 17. Dionne Brand 1953- , No Language is Neutral 1990 or Ossuaries 2010 25. It explores themes of oppression, friendship, justice, violence, loneliness, and the impossibility of the American dream. Recommended volumes are: Daniel Anlezark, ed.
Hawthorne's other famous novel is The House of Seven Gables. Ben Jonson 1572-1637 , Volpone 1607 6. His commentary on wider society through the tales proves to still be applicable more than six hundred years later. Allegory and Mysticism Pearl R. They are intended to give you an idea of the kind of material you might engage with during a course at Oxford.
The story is set in sixth century Scandinavia. But with such a broad area of study, prospective students are often confused about what a degree in English Literature actually provides. Finally I have also included two of my favorite Indian authors who have won world recognition for their outstanding contribution to contemporary English literature in their own distinct style and class for an Indian perspective. Early Medieval English is taught throughout all three terms; the period 1830-1910 is taught in the first term called Michaelmas in Oxford and the modern period in the second term Hilary. Some particularly distinctive free poetry eBooks include: Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy This 14th century epic poem works well in an , as you can break down sections and reduce the challenge of the more advanced text — a good complement to reading sections in class. At a free outdoor art exhibition in 2014 again in Budapest , 30 years on from the year Orwell chose to set his dystopian novel 1984.
For those who can muddle through, however, it offers an insightful look at the Compson family and their fall into ruin. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o 1938- , Weep Not, Child 1964 3. Thomas King 1943- , Green Grass, Running Water 1993 27. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens Here is another coming-of-age story, and arguably one of the greatest ever told. Common Literature for English Majors While the curriculum for English majors varies among colleges and universities, there are some common books you'll find in the programs. Hugh Magennis, The Cambridge Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Literature Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011 You should also aim to read a wide selection of Old and Early Middle English texts in translation before you come to Oxford. English Literature at degree level is very different from A Levels.
Rabindranath Tagore 1861-1941 , Gitanjali 1910, poetry or The Home and the World 1908 37. If you did not study English Language for A-level or equivalent , please read through any recent A-level textbook or study guide second-hand copies are available cheaply , as the terminology and approaches there will be a useful foundation for this paper you can skip the section on Child Language Acquisition; that topic is not covered in this paper. Feelings you thought were unique to you are described here in a way that could be describing your own thoughts. Jane Bennet decides he would make a good husband. The Canterbury Tales Larry D. Afterwards he is rewarded with gifts for his bravery. The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry, ed.
Along the way he meets the enigmatic Miss Havisham, an old lady jilted at the altar decades ago, who has frozen everything in her house at the moment at which her life was so tragically altered. The scarlet letter is Hester Prynne's punishment for adultery. There are also many social media sites which you can join such as Classics Confidential, Classics Outreach and Classics International. I myself have been sneered at for my reading tastes which generally veer towards high fantasy and fiction. Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey; take your pick, but if forced to choose, my personal favourite is Emma, the tale of a well-meaning but headstrong young woman who makes it her mission to act as matchmaker to local villagers — with disastrous consequences both to them and to her own chances of romance. Many English Literature degrees now begin with a crash course in the English canon - my own course began with a dash through literary history, from The Odyssey to Frankenstein.